(Small Spreading Pogonia - Small Rosebud Orchid)
Cleistes divaricata, Var: bifaria
Syn: Cleistesiopsis bifaria
Orchidaceae (Orchid) Family
Plant is an upright, smooth perennial with fibrous roots. Preferred habitat is savannas, swamps, moist pine woods and bogs. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are solitary; lance-like to widest at the middle; forms an angle to the left; pointed and pinched.
Flowers are at the end of the stem; usually single but occasionally a pair; subtended by a leaf-like bract. Sepals are linear to lance-like and nearly three inches long; brownish in color. Petals form a tube but may be white occasionally; lip is prominent; three lobes and strongly veined. Flowers occur the early summer.
Fruit is a capsule.